Definition of cold comfort in US English:

cold comfort

phrase

  • Poor or inadequate consolation.

    ‘another drop in the inflation rate was cold comfort for the 2.74 million jobless’
    • ‘The strong words will come as cold comfort to the Prison Officers' Association and its 3,200 members.’
    • ‘Problems such as the lack of car-parking were expected and are being addressed, though this is cold comfort to those forced to park off-site until next January.’
    • ‘Orwell's efforts brought him little but calumny in his lifetime; posthumous vindication, even on such a grand scale, seems rather cold comfort.’
    • ‘These statistics are nonetheless cold comfort to friends and neighbors who have lost their jobs to overseas labor markets.’
    • ‘But that was cold comfort for the former Vermont governor, whose once promising campaign unravelled further when the head of a major union withdrew his support.’
    • ‘And after going down 1-0 in the most crucial series outside the World Cup, that was pretty cold comfort for Macqueen's men.’
    • ‘It is cold comfort to these fans that the NRL has promised to ‘review’ the finals allocation system before next season.’
    • ‘There was cold comfort for those left behind, forecasters predicting a distinctly wet festive period and motoring organisations warning of jams on the roads.’
    • ‘Despite recent trends pointing to the rate of the price growth moderating, today's figures offer cold comfort to thousands of homeseekers.’
    • ‘But that will be cold comfort to the millions of children who have been hit hard by these arbitrary policies, shamelessly justified in the name of school safety.’

Pronunciation

cold comfort

/ˌkōld ˈkəmfərt//ˌkoʊld ˈkəmfərt/